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June 30, 2012

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Scott Walters

Indeed, one might make an argument that "posterity" is only what allows critics and academics to write profoundly about later. As a professor myself, when I teach theatre history I choose plays that are "messy," i.e., plays that have things we can discuss and argue about. But all too often these plays are deadly dull on stage (and even on the page) -- but damn they make for a good conversation! But I have found that the plays that were popular at the time to really play like gangbusters onstage, even if they disappear like air thereafter. I'm currently prepping "Importance of Being Earnest" -- can you really have a discussion about it? Does it really have much to say? But onstage, it is golden.

Mike

Well said. Art that lasts generation to generation is art that is still relative to today's standards. Romeo and Julieta is a love story and everyone can relate to it. I think art or rather performers can still last generation to generation as long as it's good. The fact that it can be related to today's world helps though.

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